Former soldier Kate MacEachern arrives in Castlegar on Tuesday as part of the Long Way Home campaign to raise funds and awareness in support of victims of post traumatic stress disorder.
She began her 2,700 km march in Nipiwan, Sask. on May 1 and will complete the journey in Chilliwack at the Wounded Warriors Weekend at the end of July.
Local RCMP, Castlegar emergency services and first responders have gotten involved in the project and are planning a big reception for MacEachern.
She will be met just outside town at the weigh scales and be escorted to the Castlegar and District Recreation Complex park where events will be happening from 3 to 7 p.m.
The Castlegar fire department will host a barbecue where you can get a burger, chips and a pop for $5.
Castlegar RCMP will be running a Jail and Bail, where for a minimum donation of $250, you can arrange to have someone picked up in a squad car.
They will then be taken to the jail to be built at the complex thanks to a donation from Mitchell’s Supply. Jail and Bail forms can be obtained from the Castlegar RCMP detachment.
The Long Way Home is a non-profit organization and donations are tax deductible. Funds raised will go to three organizations that train service and therapy dogs and horses and the Wounded Warriors Weekend. Castlegar organizers have set a local goal of $10,000, enough to train two service dogs. For more information check out thelongwayhome.ca.